Woz: Problems With iOS 6 Maps Are Disappointing, But ‘Not That Severe’


Woz keeps a bunch of third-party navigation apps on his iPhone as backup.
Woz keeps a bunch of third-party navigation apps on his iPhone as backup.

Speaking at a company event in Sydney, Australia, this week, Apple co-founder and everyone’s favorite geek Steve Wozniak spoke out about Apple’s new Maps service, which got its public debut alongside iOS 6 last Wednesday. Like most of us, Woz says he’s disappointed with the new app, and that Google’s Maps service is better. However, he doesn’t feel that the issues users have been experiencing are “that severe.”

Woz told ZDNet Australia:

I tried to navigate somewhere, and I couldn’t get to where I wanted to by voice. So, I was a little disappointed, because I love navigation by voice with my Google [Android] phones, actually, since they always get it and are based on a better database.

Woz added that he was aware of the reports regarding the early problems that users have been experiencing with Maps, but says that’s not sure they’re all that serious:

I have been reading about the problems, and I don’t know if they are that severe.

Woz compared the Maps problems with the iPhone 4’s Antennagate, and noted that while there are a lot of complaints about a “one little thing,” it’s “not that hard to deal with in life.” He also revealed that he has a “bunch of other navigation apps” installed on his iPhone as backup.

Do you agree with Woz? Personally, I’m not all that troubled by the Maps issue, because it’s not often I use Maps. But I can imagine it is a big problem for those who have become reliant on the service. If you’re a regular Maps user, losing Google Maps for a service that is quite clearly incomplete must be pretty frustrating.

Source: ZDNet